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Greetings from James

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« James 1 »
King James Bible
Greetings from James
(Jude 1:1-2)
1James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered
abroad, greeting.
Rejoicing in Trials
(Philippians 1:12-20)
2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3Knowing [this], that the trying
of your faith worketh patience. 4But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect
and entire, wanting nothing.
5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth
not; and it shall be given him. 6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is
like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7For let not that man think that he shall
receive any thing of the Lord. 8A double minded man [is] unstable in all his ways.
Contrast of the Rich and Poor
9Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: 10But the rich, in that he is made low:
because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. 11For the sun is no sooner risen with a
burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion
of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
12Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of
life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
Perseverance in Temptation
13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil,
neither tempteth he any man: 14But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust,
and enticed. 15Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished,
bringeth forth death. 16Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17Every good gift and every perfect gift is
from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither
shadow of turning. 18Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind
of firstfruits of his creatures.
Hearing and Doing
19Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
20For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 21Wherefore lay apart all filthiness
and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to
save your souls. 22But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural
face in a glass: 24For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what
manner of man he was. 25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth
[therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his
26If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own
heart, this man's religion [is] vain. 27Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this,
To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the
« James 2 »
King James Bible
A Warning against Favoritism
1My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, [the Lord] of glory, with respect of
persons. 2For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and
there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay
clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or
sit here under my footstool: 4Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil
thoughts? 5Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith,
and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? 6But ye have despised
the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? 7Do not they
blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
8If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do
well: 9But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as
transgressors. 10For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty
of all. 11For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no
adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. 12So speak ye, and so do, as
they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. 13For he shall have judgment without mercy, that
hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
Faith and Works
(Genesis 15:1-7; Romans 4:1-12; Galatians 3:1-9; Hebrews 11:8-19)
14What [doth it] profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith
save him? 15If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16And one of you say unto
them, Depart in peace, be [ye] warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things
which are needful to the body; what [doth it] profit? 17Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead,
being alone.
18Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works,
and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest
well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without
works is dead? 21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his
son upon the altar? 22Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made
perfect? 23And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed
unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24Ye see then how that by works
a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by
works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent [them] out another way? 26For as the
body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
« James 3 »
King James Bible
Taming the Tongue
1My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2For
in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same [is] a perfect man, [and]
able also to bridle the whole body. 3Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey
us; and we turn about their whole body. 4Behold also the ships, which though [they be] so great,
and [are] driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever
the governor listeth. 5Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold,
how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the
tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of
nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of
things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8But the tongue can no man tame;
[it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and
therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10Out of the same mouth
proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11Doth a fountain
send forth at the same place sweet [water] and bitter? 12Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive
berries? either a vine, figs? so [can] no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
True Wisdom from Above
13Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good
conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 14But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your
hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15This wisdom descendeth not from above, but [is]
earthly, sensual, devilish. 16For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil
work. 17But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be
intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18And the fruit of
righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
« James 4 »
King James Bible
Warning against Pride
1From whence [come] wars and fightings among you? [come they] not hence, [even] of your lusts
that war in your members? 2Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain:
ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask
amiss, that ye may consume [it] upon your lusts. 4Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not
that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the
world is the enemy of God. 5Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in
us lusteth to envy? 6But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but
giveth grace unto the humble.
Drawing Near to God
7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Draw nigh to God,
and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye]
double minded. 9Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and
[your] joy to heaviness. 10Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
11Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of [his] brother, and judgeth his
brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a
doer of the law, but a judge. 12There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art
thou that judgest another?
Do Not Boast about Tomorrow
13Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a
year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For
what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
15For that ye [ought] to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 16But now ye
rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 17Therefore to him that knoweth to do good,
and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.
« James 5 »
King James Bible
Misuse of Riches
1Go to now, [ye] rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon [you]. 2Your
riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. 3Your gold and silver is cankered; and the
rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped
treasure together for the last days. 4Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your
fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are
entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. 5Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been
wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. 6Ye have condemned [and] killed
the just; [and] he doth not resist you.
Patience in Suffering
(Job 1:1-5)
7Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for
the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter
rain. 8Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. 9Grudge
not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the
door. 10Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an
example of suffering affliction, and of patience. 11Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye
have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful,
and of tender mercy.
12But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by
any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and [your] nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
The Prayer of Faith
13Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 14Is any sick among
you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in
the name of the Lord: 15And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up;
and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16Confess [your] faults one to another,
and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man
availeth much. 17Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that
it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18And
he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
Restoring a Sinner
19Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20Let him know, that he
which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a
multitude of sins.